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A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
A film by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky

95 minutes, documentary, color, English, 1997

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Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and Sarah Jessica Parker

In this extraordinarily intimate film, seven years in the making, we are taken into the depths of the Hasidim's joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world. With their use of the Yiddish language, their distinctive clothes and their strict observance to Jewish ritual and law, the Hasidim are considered by many an insular people with little connection to mainstream America. And yet their values are those that many Americans find most precious: family, community and a life of meaning.


" Startlingly intimate!" -New York Post

"Beautiful, mysterious and mesmerizing." -San Francisco Bay Guardian

Recommended Reading

The Rebbe's Army: Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch by Sue Fishkoff

Boychiks in the Hood: Travels in the Hasidic Underground by Robert Eisenberg


Read FRF's interview with co-director Oren Rudavsky.

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Disc Features

●  PBS Interview with Directors
●  Directors' Commentary Track
●  Filmmaker Biographies

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